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by Kechara
Wed May 16, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 15325

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

I'm much more skeptical that competitiveness is toxic, or that in-game passion is a symptom of an abuser, or that well-known players are more likely to offend than more anonymous players. Tamara, please correct me if I'm putting words in your mouth. I didn't read Tamara's post as saying that compet...
by Kechara
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Staff for NAQT MSNCT May 11-13
Replies: 0
Views: 4462

Staff for NAQT MSNCT May 11-13

We are still looking for all staff for the MSNCT, which will be held in Rosemont, IL on May 11-13. If you are have already graduated high school and are 18 or over and are interested in staffing, please indicate interest on your NAQT staffing page or email me at jessiefrancis23@gmail.com. Thanks!
by Kechara
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT MSNCT 2017 Call for Staff
Replies: 0
Views: 1249

NAQT MSNCT 2017 Call for Staff

NAQT is seeking staff for its 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament, which will be held from Friday, May 12 through Sunday, May 14 at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport near Dallas. If you are interested in staffing and have not received an invitation, please contact me at jes...
by Kechara
Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Updates: NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech 2/6/16
Replies: 7
Views: 3285

RESULTS: NAQT Southeast SCT 2/6/2016

Division I Winner: Louisville A Division I Runner Up: Georgia A (Undergrad) Division II Winner: Georgia B Division II Runner Up: Louisville B Division I 1. Louisville A 11-1 2. Georgia A (Undergrad) 10-2 3. Tennesse A 6-5 4. Western Kentucky 5-6 5. Vanderbilt A (Undergraduate) 6-4 (still behind WKU ...
by Kechara
Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:16 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Updates: NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech 2/6/16
Replies: 7
Views: 3285

Re: Updates: NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech 2/6/16

Because the D1 field is now at 9 teams, I assume this has changed, based on NAQT's suggested formats . Would that be correct? Yes, the new DI format starts with a full RR and then rebrackets into top 4/middle 3/bottom 2 (after consultation with NAQT personnel). The top and middle bracket will play ...
by Kechara
Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Updates: NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech 2/6/16
Replies: 7
Views: 3285

Re: Updates: NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech 2/6/16

Registration is now CLOSED for the NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech. Because of the field size we reached, the format for each division will be a full round robin with up to a 2-game advantaged final. As stated before, the tournament will be held in the Instructional Center at 759 Ferst Drive, Atl...
by Kechara
Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Updates: NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech 2/6/16
Replies: 7
Views: 3285

Updates: NAQT Southeast SCT at Georgia Tech 2/6/16

If you haven't registered for Southeast SCT, please go to https://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=7120. The starting fee is $125 for the first team from a school, with the NAQT standard deductions. So far, we have 7 DI teams and 5 D2 teams. Exact formats (and therefore number of ro...
by Kechara
Fri May 10, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 59549

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: May 25-26, Atlanta

Marble-faced Bristle Tyrant wrote:Centennial Olympic Park?
Yes, that would be Centennial Olympic Park
by Kechara
Wed May 08, 2013 1:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 59549

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: May 25-26, Atlanta

itsthatoneguy wrote:Slightly off topic, but I am planning on running a few times while in Atlanta. Nothing too crazy, maybe a few miles every day. If anyone is interested, feel free to PM me.
Outside the hotel? Your best bet is to stay on streets marked NE or NW.
by Kechara
Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NSC - 60 teams
Replies: 74
Views: 15778

Re: 2011 NSC - 60 teams

A schedule change would have fixed a number of stupid things that went on with the tournament, but there are also huge internal problems within PACE that led to this format being greenlit in the first place, and which led to a bunch of other nonsense going on today. What kind of other nonsense? And...
by Kechara
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sad News
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

Re: Sad News

Shoshana, I'm very glad that I was able to make it to the funeral, glad that I have a job where I could leave. I know several people that wanted to be there but couldn't get off of work, including one friend that was substitute teaching so other colleagues could go. Jay was definitely missed when he...
by Kechara
Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sad News
Replies: 5
Views: 1979

Sad News

On Sunday night, the quizbowl world lost a fine coach and a fine man, Jay Hepner, after a battle with stomach cancer. Although Jay taught at Watkins Mill HS in Montgomery County, MD, he was the coach of the team at Quince Orchard for many years. He is probably best remembered by players and coaches ...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 111572

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

We have a big school, but I think we rent DAR Constitution Hall or something. I think the county rents out Constitution Hall for everyone. I know Paint Branch always graduates there on the first Friday of June. When your county has as much money has MoCo does, though, you can afford to rent out thi...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 34604

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

(I have been several feet away from purring big cats on occasions many and numerous, but I never managed to pick up this all-important fact - if only the question had been about how not to get eaten). Yeah, but that's practical knowledge, so it has no place in quizbowl, whether it can be asked in a...
by Kechara
Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 80751

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

I just wanted to chime in to mention that the Farewell symphony clue there is actually quite stock (which is fine for this bonus), so this isn't actually an example of that phenomenon of using bonus parts to introduce new clues. I've heard the part about the candles a bunch of times, what I had not...
by Kechara
Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 34604

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

This set of a dozen symphonies includes the ~Miracle~ and ~Drumroll~. For 10 points each-- A. Identify this group of compositions named for the city their composer was visiting during their composition. answer: ~_London_ symphonies~ B. Name that composer, also known for pieces like the ~Philosopher...
by Kechara
Tue May 26, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17622

Re: NSC 09 question discussion guidelines

My guess was that they thought it was a bad idea to have 256 people going to two medium-sized food court restraunts at about the same time. Presumably, the idea was that people would eat at restraunts in Fairfax. The biggest issue, I think, was that there was another major conference on the campus ...
by Kechara
Sun May 24, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 17622

Re: NSC 09 question discussion guidelines

Of the few rounds I actually got to play, round 15 seemed the weakest. I thought it suffered from a little too much bonus difficulty fluctuation. I agree with this. It was something like 0/2 Jazz, right? Still a good set in a tournament of great sets, though. In addition to 0/1 "Screw you"-level Ar...
by Kechara
Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A word of caution when ordering HSAPQ questions...
Replies: 43
Views: 5309

Re: Do not use HSAPQ for your tournament!!!

The trouble is, unless people are told about a hard and fast deadline, they won't know that they have to abide by it. The trouble also is, even when people are told about a hard and fast deadline, they just don't abide by it. This isn't just about HSAPQ, it's about the writing circuit as a whole an...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 38101

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

BobGHHS wrote:In pretty much my last official act as coach of GHHS, I want to congratulate Dan on becoming an All-American as well as Greg and the others whose names I didn't write down.
What about congratulating Dan for being the artist of the day? Or is that the wrong Dan?
by Kechara
Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 11477

Re: PACE NSC 2008 Question Discussion

Deesy Does It wrote:HE HIT ME!
Wasn't he that XFL player? Oh, wait... :lol:
by Kechara
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge: Illinois wins!
Replies: 163
Views: 38101

Re: 2008 Panasonic Academic Challenge updates

ILoveReeses wrote:Dave Bykowski, Eric Bell, Eric Huff, and Julie Gittings stomp on the rest of the competition in the exhibition coaches game.
And Byko will spend the next year gloating around me and the cats
by Kechara
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Middle School (Nationals)
Replies: 23
Views: 2678

Re: The Middle School (Nationals)

everyday847 wrote: Granted, the Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment returned... interesting results.
Great Middle School Pyramidal Experiment?? (especially interesting since Tom and I just spent today presenting to a group of mainly middle school writers for Kentucky about pyramidal questions)
by Kechara
Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 PACE NSC Live Comments and Discussion
Replies: 87
Views: 17697

Re: 2008 PACE NSC Live Comments and Discussion

a few other people that i've talked to agree with me on this: the prelim bracket with dorman, hunter, and WJ in one place was fairly insane. Bear in mind that with, out of 48 teams, we have 29 teams from the top 100 in Byko's rating. That's 55-60% of the field. At that point, there is no good way t...
by Kechara
Fri May 30, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!
Replies: 84
Views: 8086

Re: PACE NSC Prediction Contest!

In terms of actual comparison, I'm too noncommittal to pick teams. However, I support Shantanu's panda for top individual scorer as it is the cutest/fuzziest animal mascot I've seen thus far (in comparison to my own alien robot Gir (from Invader Zim; see my avatar), Mrs. Bykowski's groundhog, and t...
by Kechara
Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss: Gonzaga Academic Tournament 2/9/08
Replies: 14
Views: 2804

I wrote the literature, arts, and the small amount of philosophy. I'm sorry if people found it too difficult, but I stand by the questions in that they were well written and I think really nothing was too difficult for high school. I am inclined to agree; I thought the fine arts and literature was ...
by Kechara
Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Season Opener (9/15/07)
Replies: 34
Views: 12298

Whichever Bykowski may so respond, Father is earnestly expecting an e-mail from either of you and wanted me to post asking one of you to email him about more information for the tournament. [sigh] Yeah, some people get antsy like that. :roll: The email went out to all the coaches coming last night.
by Kechara
Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Season Opener (9/15/07)
Replies: 34
Views: 12298

Why does this thread get "Announcement" status? Because I apparently don't spend enough time on here or know enough about this type of message board. My mind, in its infinite (lack of) wisdom, goes "it asks me what I'm posting. well, it is an announcement..." PACE may run this board, but there's a ...
by Kechara
Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Season Opener (9/15/07)
Replies: 34
Views: 12298

Howard wrote: Have you established a time for at-site check-in?
Registration will begin at 8, team meeting at 8:45, Round 1 will begin at 9.
by Kechara
Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic Season Opener (9/15/07)
Replies: 34
Views: 12298

Mid-Atlantic Season Opener (9/15/07)

As a reminder, since the registration deadline is coming soon.... Academic Initiative is pleased to announce the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Season Opener, a high school quiz bowl tournament to be held on Saturday, September 15, 2007, at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland. This tournament will...
by Kechara
Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205577

styxman wrote: I'm not going to lie - seeing your first two answers being "Flava Flav" and "Laguna Beach" made my day. Hooray for Jeopardy, the bastion of academic excellence.
Ah, but do you have the street cred of having taught Hottie from Flavor of Love like Mrs. Ikenberry from Georgetown Day School?
by Kechara
Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205577

# of times remote was thrown at TV: 6 # of times it took to break remote: 3 # of times I accidentally refered to Alex as "Chip": 1 Two things: so which pieces did you throw at the tv starting on throw #4? Also, Dave found this post more amusing because of a few glasses of wine, which makes me wonde...
by Kechara
Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '07-'08
Replies: 1091
Views: 205577

styxman wrote: If, you know, people bet on things like quizbowl.
If people are betting actual money on whether or not Harry Potter dies in book 7......
by Kechara
Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

I must say that the reason we don't go to more tournaments is largely due to sponsors. That isn't inherently their fault, but its honestly alot of hassle for them. We don't have any young sponsors that'll be willing to go with us somewhere. Have you tried asking your parents to go? I don't know if ...
by Kechara
Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What will NAQT do for their nationals in 2008?
Replies: 100
Views: 32403

I believe it should be the other way around if the object is to get the best teams to HSNCT...On the other hand, in a region that is not yet all that competitive on NAQT questions, the top 15% could yield some relatively weak teams. Although it would involve more work for NAQT, I would put forth a ...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: May I test some questions on you?
Replies: 52
Views: 18809

Re: To Christopher, Jessie, Kent and Ryan

For the literature category, I feel that not enough questions cover newer works. IMO, students should be encouraged to continue reading recent novels and popular non-fiction rather than expecting only questions on the classics. To formulate questions from more current books, I check the ALA site fo...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: May I test some questions on you?
Replies: 52
Views: 18809

Using a textbook as a source for answer ideas does also help keep the answer selection close to the Missouri curriculum, the website says that they aim to do.
by Kechara
Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: May I test some questions on you?
Replies: 52
Views: 18809

It is not practical to read the whole textbook for one tossup. Of course it's not. What is practical, though, is to skim the textbook, writing down bolded words and key concepts to generate an answer list for all of the biology, US History/economics questions that one will be writing for a given se...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: May I test some questions on you?
Replies: 52
Views: 18809

At this point, I feel that I'm going to have to research every question to find details and then analyze the pyramidial order of stating the question. And, I thought I could write one in just ten minutes? Not quite! Not a good one. The more you write pyramidal questions and the more you see the sam...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

F Hooper wrote: my middle schooler was on the MathCounts team, Mu Alpha Theta, KnowledgeMasters, a middle school academic team, and the FL Jr Beta Club academic team
What all is going on at the middle school llevel in FL, and how widespread is it?
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

I know that several tournaments in north Florida use NAQT, but I don't know of any PACE events. PACE as an organization only does the national championship set, and most teams are not familiar enough with the PACE format to write a tournament in it, even if they've played it and enjoyed it. However...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

We probably just need to do more to develop quiz bowl in Florida, so that teams can tune-up for national events on tournaments they can reach. Academic Initiative would gladly provide questions for tournaments in FL, including a very inexpensive set in the PACE format. http://www.aiquizbowl.com </p...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

Ok, what I'm trying to find out is if there is any way I can possibly latch onto a team for the Fun'N'Sun tournament. I tried to put my own team together, but nobody from my area wanted to drive 8 hours to go to a tournament, so I wasn't able to. I guess what I'm trying to ask is if you ahve an ava...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

I guess most FL high schools just don't feel inclined to travel far during the season. I've always felt that FL quiz bowl is very insular; most FL teams go to nearby FL tournaments, or maybe to events in Georgia or Alabama. I don't really know why that is. To be honest though, I feel that ultimatel...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What will NAQT do for their nationals in 2008?
Replies: 100
Views: 32403

Teams are actually qualifying on Speed Checks? I didn't even realize that those are used in tournaments. That would be like qualifying for NAQT through It's Ac or another local TV show. They're not used in tournaments. If I'm recalling what Dave told me correctly, at least one of the teams that qua...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

Now, from everything I see on this board, it seems like we (Florida) are generally absent from the world of quizbowl outside of PAC. Am I seeing things wrong? If I'm not, why is that? No, you're right. I'm not sure why...maybe teams that know about outside tournaments don't go because they're not u...
by Kechara
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 47537

(1) The trip was awesome, the format was whack. As much as I, or anyone else want to diss the format, the trip to the Disney Parks, and all the other goodies that came with the tournament were definitely worth it. If we only had a few more days to visit. (4) California's coach was by far the most a...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2007 PACE NSC prognostication thread
Replies: 36
Views: 12032

Historically, "Young Ambassador" and "Young Crusader" have been used interchangeably to refer to the recipient of that particular Cooper award. Who the heck started that? When Tom and I came up with the idea, it was the "young" version of the regular Cooper, and the regular Cooper doesn't get calle...
by Kechara
Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Make Legitimate Quizbowl (More) Exciting
Replies: 43
Views: 18155

Re: Danger of sports analogies

There is a point where if you want to "grow the game" one must consider the audience. So rather than add bells and whistles to a game format, why not educate our audience? That depends on who you think the audience is. Are we talking about the American viewing public, or are we just talking about t...